The Future Of Personal Renewable Energy: Open Source, Portable, 3D-Printed Wind Turbines

by on August 21, 2014
If someone were to mention “wind energy” to you, you are likely to immediately think on a rather large scale building-sized structures set on acres of land. But now there is a new idea: an open source 3D printed wind turbine small enough to carry around. Omni3D, a Poland manufacturer of 3D printers, is focusing […]

Astronomers Detect Three Stars Torn Apart By Massive Tidal Forces Of Galactic Center Black Hole

by on August 21, 2014
Researchers Ildar Khabibullin and Sergei Sazonov from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported the detection of three separate events in which stars near galactic centers were torn apart and consumed by black holes. Because observing even one such event is rare, […]


Chromatophagy, A New Cancer Therapy: Starve The Diseased Cell Until It Eats Its Own DNA

by on August 21, 2014
Scientists based in the U.S. at the University of California Davis, and in Taiwan at Taipei Medical University as well as the National Health Research Institutes have simultaneously discovered a new process of “chromatophagy” cellular suicide and shed light on the way a “starvation” drug deprives cancer cells of arginine, a necessary amino acid. Cells […]

British Journal Of Obstetrics Reports China Caesarean Rates Near 50% Among Highest In World

by on August 20, 2014
A study and commentary titled “China’s 50% caesarean delivery rate: is it too high?” appearing today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) notes that China has one of the highest rates of caesarean delivery in the world.  In the year 2010, there were 16 million births and about half were delivered via […]


Fast, Automated Optics System Confirms Extrasolar Planet Every 3 Minutes

by on August 20, 2014
A team led by principal investigator Christoph Baranec from University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy and project scientist Nicholas Law from UNC at Chapel Hill runs an extremely successful fully automated survey of extrasolar planetary candidate targets identified by the Kepler space telescope, using a ground-based adaptive optics 60-inch telescope at Palomar. In just 36 […]
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Crayfish Neurogenesis: Brain Cells Do Not Self-Renew And Must Come From Circulating Blood Cells

by on August 20, 2014
Scientists led by Professor Barbara Beltz from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Dr. Irene Söderhäll from Uppsala University in Stockholm, have discovered an example where adult neurons are generated from stem cells in other tissue types, specifically that of circulating blood cells produced by the immune system. The experiments were performed on a crayfish model […]


Neural Patterns Show Odor Detection Is Like Picking Up Voices At A Noisy Cocktail Party

by on August 19, 2014
A team of scientists led by Professor Venkatesh Murthy at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, found that odor molecules activate specific patterns of neurons, and that the ability of a mouse to distinguish between a learned, target odor and random, background odors, depends on the strength of neural pattern overlap between […]

Rare Observation Of Fast X-Ray Blurring Around Markarian 335 Black Hole

by on August 19, 2014
NASA’s NuSTAR satellite witnessed an extremely rare event around a supermassive black hole: in a matter of days, its compact X-ray emitting corona tightened up around the center, better illuminating the accretion disc around it but showing a drop in brightness due to the intense light-bending black hole gravitational field. Subsequent observations by Professor Fiona […]


Spatial Attention, A Right Hemisphere Skill, Remains Unchanged Throughout Aging

by on August 19, 2014
At the University of Adelaide, Dr. Joanna Brooks, Visiting Research Fellow for the University’s School of Medicine and School of Psychology, discovered through a research study that the part of the brain responsible for spatial attention remains unchanged as the brain ages. She recruited sixty people of varying age groups, and measured their responses to […]

Genetic Switch Found For Foxp3 Which Maintains T-Reg States And Holds Back Autoimmune Disorders

by on August 18, 2014
When pathogens invade the body, the immune system kicks into gear and sends out swarms of cells to fight the invader.  These swarms consist of two types of cells; fighters, known as killer T cells, and peacemakers, known as regulatory T cells, sometimes referred to as Tregs.  The purpose of the Tregs is to send […]